Roy Morelli Steps Up to the Plate

By Heldring, Thatcher

Publishers Summary:
Eight-grader Roy Morelli can’t wait for baseball season to start so he can take his rightful place as shortstop for the Pilchuk All-Star team. Being on the All-Stars is just the warm-up for the big leagues: the varsity baseball team at the high school Roy will go to next year. But when Roy’s divorced parents find out he’s failing history, they make him quit the All-Stars. It’s not his fault the only thing interesting about history class is Valerie Hopkins, and she won’t even give Roy the time of day.Now Roy is stuck on a losing team in the wimpy rec league, and instead of playing ball every spare minute, he’s spending his afternoons with a tutor—who just happens to be his dad’s brainiac girlfriend. If Roy’s going to impress the varsity baseball coach, he’s sure he should be looking out for number one, not wasting his time studying. After all, baseball is what Roy does best. But when his grades continue to slide and his teammates get tired of his know-it-all attitude, Roy Morelli will need to step up to the plate. . . .

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ISBN
978-0-38573-391-5
Publisher
Delacorte Books for Young Readers


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2010

Gr 6-9 Eighth-grader Roy Morelli is looking forward to playing on an elite all-star baseball team as a means of impressing the high school coach and enhancing his chances of starting on the varsity as a freshman. When his history grade slips, however, his parents make him drop down to a less competitive, less demanding rec-league team, where none of the other players seem to care about winning. Roy alienates his team...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

In this predictable sports novel, eighth-grader Roy is more motivated by baseball than by history class. He lo...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on June 1, 2010

Roy’s bigheaded attitude is frustrating, but his determination to succeed is endearing. He is a well-rounded, sympathetic main character. The baseball action comes to life with resonant detail and skilled pacing. The conflict betwee...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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